Ristolainen’s best game yet?

‘Friday night, he was almost flawless. He was poised from the outset, calm with the puck when moving it around the boards or reversing it to his partner.’

Sabres finish preseason with loss to Hurricanes

‘The Sabres went with an experienced lineup Friday night with Thomas Vanek, Cody Hodgson, Drew Stafford, Steve Ott, Tyler Ennis and Christian Ehrhoff among the regulars suiting up.’

Sabres rookie Nikita Zadorov injures hand in exhibition finale

‘Zadorov signed a three-year, entry-level contract Wednesday, although general manager Darcy Regier hinted then the Sabres would likely send the youngster back to the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights soon.’

Saturday’s Carolina Coverage

Canes top Sabres, close preseason 3-3 (Raleigh News and Observer)
Chemistry comes in all sizes (Raleigh News and Observer)
Photo gallery (Raleigh News and Observer)
Canes Win Third Straight to Close Preseason (CarolinaHurricanes.com)

NHL’s reaction to line brawl defies common logic

‘For example, Sabres coach Ron Rolston was fined an undisclosed amount for “player selection and team conduct.” You can go through the NHL rule book and you won’t find any reference to player selection. An appeals court would overrule that fine in a heartbeat.’

Hurricanes beat Sabres 1-0 in preseason finale

‘Buffalo went 4-2-1 in the preseason, losing three of its last four. The Sabres also begin the season against the Red Wings, traveling to Detroit on Wednesday.’

Carolina 1, Buffalo 0

‘Ryan Miller stopped 29-of-30 shots in defeat for the Sabres, who wrapped up their preseason slate at 4-3 and will start the regular season on Oct. 2 with a road test against the Red Wings.’

Hurricanes Blank Sabres 1-0

‘The only goal of the evening came early in the second period when Patrick Dwyer popped a shorthanded goal past Miller. Ryan Murphy was in the penalty box, serving a hooking penalty, but it was Carolina finding in the net to go up 1-0.’

Sabres wrap up preseason with 1-0 loss

‘“As a group, we really didn’t like the way we played in the first and second periods. A positive we can take out of it, I thought we came back in the third and battled as hard as we could to tie it up,” Myers said. “But we have to be a 60-minute team if we want to be successful this year. We took 40 minutes off tonight. You can’t do that.”’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks drop final preseason game (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
McGrath enjoys memorable game (Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice)
Amerks fall in overtime to Penguins in final preseason game (Amerks.com)
Pens down Amerks in OT (WBSPenguins.com)

Armia injury a setback as Sabres assess roster

‘“Everyone knows you’re fighting for jobs, and that’s just part of the business,” center Kevin Porter said. “Guys are still friends, and we’re still a team here. You go out and you play your best, and the coaches make the final decision.”’

Sabres’ Drew Stafford optimistic and refreshed after ‘nightmare’ season

‘“I feel as though I’m just getting started as far as providing veteran leadership and really having a say in the way things are going and leading by example with my play and being counted on in a bigger role,” Stafford said. “I’m really trying to embrace that opportunity.”’

Sabres owner Pegula optimistic about young team

”’You can’t set a timetable for contending for a Stanley Cup. One team wins it every year,” Pegula said. ”We’re not going to give up, let’s put it that way.”’

Sabres F Armia out with broken hand

‘Armia, a former first-round pick (16th overall) in the 2011 draft by the Sabres, has stuck with the club thus far through training camp and the preseason after spending the last three seasons in Finland.’

Sabres’ Armia breaks hand

‘Armia had two good periods playing with fellow first round picks Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons. Rolston said, “He was good, he was doing a good job. I think each game we saw improvement in how he was performing and I thought last night was one of his best games.”’